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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/20/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
COLUMBUS
 
MONTREAL
PK  

PK  


5.5
 
3
Final
2

COLUMBUS (35-27-0-6, 76 pts.) at MONTREAL (38-25-0-7, 83 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/20/2014 7:35 PM
#1 GOALTENDERS: COLUMBUS - SERGIE BOBROVSKY, MONTREAL - CAREY PRICE
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
5COLUMBUS+120Ov 5.5,+110+110Ov 5.5,+120
6MONTREAL-140Un 5.5,-130-130Un 5.5,-140
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
COLUMBUS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games35-33-0+1.235-33+1.235-302.929.22.730.7
Team Stats (Road Games)16-18-0+116-18+117-152.628.12.931.7
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.53-2+0.51-42.237.41.829.6
COLUMBUS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)6819663577061219849.9%2274118.1%324
Team Stats (Road Games)3487272925659569.1%1081614.8%141
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511226111875.9%1400.0%17
Stats Against (All Games) 1874662736920859.0%2384318.1%317
Stats Against (Road Games) 992629413210779.2%1122421.4%173
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 9323111486.1%14214.3%13
COLUMBUS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)47471364125391.9%126-21+3.526-21-0+225-19
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)242471865791.5%011-13+011-13-0-111-11
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)4412011293.3%02-2-0.62-2-0-11-3
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)241860054490.7%18-10-1.28-10-0-28-10
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)12930627489.5%04-5-0.14-5-0-15-4
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)41544888.9%00-1-10-1-0-10-1
MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)4311410390.4%01-2-1.21-2-0-12-1
MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)21514792.2%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
MIKE MCKENNA (Last 4 Games)4311410390.4%01-2-1.21-2-0-12-1

MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games38-32-0-0.138-32-0.124-362.628.72.530.5
Team Stats (Home Games)20-16-0-2.620-16-2.612-182.529.22.331.1
Last 5 Games3-2-0+13-2+12-22.835.83.031.2
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)70180545560111420119.0%2384518.9%293
Team Stats (Home Games)36912230363510538.6%1212218.2%154
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514328111797.8%20315.0%24
Stats Against (All Games) 1774767567821338.3%2393514.6%299
Stats Against (Home Games) 831833275311217.4%1171714.5%141
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 15375001569.6%1700.0%24
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
PETER BUDAJ (All Games)211851546790.7%08-10-1.98-10-0-14-11
PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)6413412089.6%01-3-2.91-3-0-31-2
PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)44887585.2%00-4-40-4-0-41-2
CAREY PRICE (All Games)50501521140592.4%228-22-0.828-22-0019-24
CAREY PRICE (Home Games)323298692093.3%219-13+0.419-13-0011-16
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)4413812892.8%04-0+44-0-0+43-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (All Games)32938894.6%02-0+2.72-0-0+31-1
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Last 4 Games)32938894.6%02-0+2.72-0-0+31-1
Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.09,  MONTREAL 3.07
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
COLUMBUS - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
2/27/2014at NEW JERSEY2-5L0, -105L5 unO
3/1/2014FLORIDA6-3W0, -200W5.5 unO
3/3/2014at TORONTO2-1W0, -110W5.5 ovU
3/4/2014DALLAS4-2W0, -140W5.5 evO
3/6/2014at CHICAGO1-6L0, +165L5.5 ovO
3/8/2014at NASHVILLE1-0W0, +100W5.5 unU
3/11/2014DETROIT4-1W0, -120W5.5 unU
3/13/2014SAN JOSE3-4L0, +110L5.5 unO
3/15/2014at MINNESOTA2-1W0, +120W5 ovU
3/18/2014CAROLINA1-3L0, -175L5.5 unU
3/20/2014at MONTREAL 
3/21/2014NY RANGERS 
3/23/2014at NY ISLANDERS 
3/25/2014DETROIT 
3/28/2014PITTSBURGH 
3/29/2014at CAROLINA 

MONTREAL - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
2/26/2014DETROIT1-2L0, -120L5 ovU
2/27/2014at PITTSBURGH6-5W0, +160W5.5 unO
3/1/2014TORONTO4-3W0, -125W5.5 unO
3/3/2014at LOS ANGELES1-2L0, +155L5 evU
3/5/2014at ANAHEIM4-3W0, +170W5.5 unO
3/6/2014at PHOENIX2-5L0, +120L5.5 unO
3/8/2014at SAN JOSE0-4L0, +170L5.5 unU
3/12/2014BOSTON1-4L0, +125L5 ovP
3/15/2014OTTAWA5-4W0, -140W5.5 unO
3/16/2014at BUFFALO2-0W0, -175W5 ovU
3/18/2014COLORADO6-3W0, -130W5 ovO
3/20/2014COLUMBUS 
3/22/2014at TORONTO 
3/24/2014at BOSTON 
3/25/2014BUFFALO 
3/27/2014at DETROIT 
3/29/2014at FLORIDA 
KEY GAME INFORMATION
COLUMBUS:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The top three topics on sports talk shows in this city are usually Ohio State football, Ohio State football recruiting and Ohio State football's spring practices.
The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't upset that pecking order, although they are elbowing their way into the conversation.
Dead last in the league early in the NHL's shortened last season, the Blue Jackets suddenly found the winning touch. They went 19-5-5 down the stretch, energizing their fan base and shocking a lot of opponents used to walking over the 12-year-old franchise.
With the addition of free agent Nathan Horton to go with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and a solid if largely unknown roster of proven pros, the Blue Jackets are expecting big things as they prep for a season of promise.
MONTREAL: MONTREAL (AP) - As Montreal embarks on a season laced with expectations, most around the NHL are confused by just what this bunch is.
Are the Canadiens the team that won 13 of their first 20 games on their way to the franchise's 22nd division title last season, and first since 2007-08? Or are they the team that lost six of their last 10 regular-season games and were eliminated from the playoffs in five games by the Ottawa Senators?
The talent is certainly still in place, but the trek will be tough. Montreal, in the reconfigured NHL, is in the difficult Atlantic Division with the likes of Boston, Ottawa, Toronto and Detroit. All of those teams made the playoffs last season, and the Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.
Montreal opens vs. Toronto on Oct. 1.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Blue Jackets-Canadiens Preview* ================================

Columbus (35-27-6) at Montreal (38-25-7), 7:30 p.m. EDT

Thomas Vanek finally showed why the Montreal Canadiens acquired him earlier this month.

The Columbus Blue Jackets already had problems against the Canadiens before the star winger joined Montreal.

The Canadiens seek a fourth straight win Thursday night and a sweep of the three-game season series against a Blue Jackets team that could have its eyes on its next contest.

Vanek had one assist in his first five games with Montreal (38-25-7) before turning in his ninth career hat trick in Tuesday's 6-3 home win over Colorado. He was acquired from the Islanders on March 5 after New York got him from Buffalo on Oct. 27.

"It was frustrating," Vanek said. "I think I'm pretty emotional out there and sometimes I show my frustration too much.

"But it's been a tough year moving around, trying to get your first goal with Buffalo and then a new team and then here. But I thought we were generating chances and it just didn't go in. Getting that first goal was nice. I was really pressing the last few games."

Vanek has scored two goals in nine career games against the Blue Jackets, and probably has unpleasant memories of the last time he saw them. He suffered an upper-body injury on his first shift and played only 23 seconds in the Islanders' 5-2 loss Nov. 9.

Montreal rallied from a two-goal deficit in a 3-2 shootout win at Columbus (35-27-6) on Nov. 15, and got two goals from Tomas Plekanec in a 5-3 home victory Oct. 17.

The Blue Jackets fell behind by two goals after one period in that October visit. It came to coach Todd Richards' mind when he saw Montreal score 38 seconds into a 5-4 overtime win over Ottawa on Saturday.

"It's a great building to play in," Richards said. "Watching their game against Ottawa the other night, they came out of the gate, looked a little bit like when we were there early in the year so they're a team that likes to start fast in their building."

Richards did not reveal whether he would start reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky or backup Curtis McElhinney entering a back-to-back set.

Bobrovsky has started the last 15 games but could rest since Columbus returns home for a crucial matchup Friday night against the New York Rangers. The Blue Jackets trail the Rangers by two points for third place in the Metropolitan Division, and former Columbus star Rick Nash will make his long-awaited return to town.

Columbus fell 3-1 at home to Carolina on Tuesday despite a 47-20 edge in shots on goal, including 19-0 in the third period.

"I think we were missing some desperation early in the game," Richards said. "I think we had desperation in the third period."

The Blue Jackets are 0 for 18 on the power play over their last six games. The Canadiens have killed off all 16 penalties in their last five.

Montreal star Max Pacioretty has gone six straight games without scoring, the 30-goal scorer's longest drought since an eight-game dry spell Oct. 15-Nov. 16.

The Blue Jackets activated Jared Boll on Wednesday. The winger has missed 45 games due to a torn tendon in his ankle.


Last Updated: 12/18/2014 7:49:25 PM EST


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